Emergency vehicle lightingAs you know, there are many different types of warrants. You may have heard of them all if you have been found to have committed a crime – arrest warrants, bench warrants, and search warrants. However, do you know what makes all of them different? Do you understand how they work and what you should expect from each one?

The Differences

Yes, all of these types of warrants are extremely different from the next. Here is a little bit about each one:

  • Arrest: These warrants are issued when a judge thinks that there is probable cause about a crime being committed. Most of the time, judges look into many factors to prove this, such as facts based on a police investigation or testimony from a witness. If there is an arrest warrant out on you, the police can search for you anywhere – home, at work, or out in public. You will be taken to jail to go in front of a judge.
  • Bench: In the event of a criminal case, a bench warrant will be used when a defendant doesn’t show up for their court date. In a civil case, they are used for a subpoenad witness. If you do not show up for jury duty, you may have a bench warrant out for your arrest. If you do not pay your child support, you may have a warrant out. If you are stopped for a traffic violation, the police can take you into custody and you will have to speak with a judge about the circumstances.
  • Search: This is a type of warrant that is signed by a judge that allows law enforcement to search a specific area. The investigators must speak to the judge and come forth with probable cause to conduct the search in the first place. Without evidence, the search would be illegal.

What Should I Do?

If you have any of these types of warrants, you may wonder what you can do regarding your case. Here are some simplified options:

Arrest: If you are under the impression that there may be an arrest warrant out on you, then you should always be forthcoming to the police. Do not talk to the police, but instead ask if you can speak to your lawyer if you become arrested.

Bench: Ask the court if you believe that you have a bench warrant. You will not be under arrest, but they will check for you. You can always ask for an explanation on how you can get out of the warrant.

Search: If the police show up with a search warrant, there are many steps that you can take. For instance, you can ask to physically take a look at the warrant or tell them that you do not consent to the search. However, you should never resist the police regardless of the fact if you think the search is illegal.

Do you have a warrant out for your arrest or have a question for us? Give us a call today so that we can answer your most important questions regarding warrants. Call us today at The Law Office of Peter Blair.